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new fender jazz vs vintage

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Scutterflux, Apr 6, 2003.

  1. New is obviously better

    3 vote(s)
  2. New is a little better

    0 vote(s)
  3. They are very similar

    1 vote(s)
  4. New is a little less good

    2 vote(s)
  5. New ones suck when compared

    4 vote(s)
  1. Are the new fender jazz basses obviously better, a little better, about the same, a little lacking, or do they suck compared to an early-mid 70's 4 bolt fender jazz.
  2. geezer316


    Jan 26, 2003
    if you want a new brite & shiney bass, one that is unused and clean,with brand spanking new fretts and electronics,then go with the newbie.
    if you want a bass that has a vintage vibe,worn in from years of gigging and holds a bit of history and personality in its sound then go for the classic
    it depends on what you are looking for, Me i want one of each please:rolleyes:
  3. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    There are good and bad specimen in either category.

    You have to judge them individually. Having said that I tend to find both overpriced (at least on the German market). I'd go for a Marleaux J any second though.
  4. tubster


    Feb 5, 2003
    Southwest Spain
    Played a HighWay One Jazz bass yesterday - amazing and the price was right. The bass is not flashy but has all the fundamentals down. Get one now before they know what they have got and put the price up.

    My '73 that I took in to do a comparison is for sale!

    I think Fender are making some improvements.
  5. ConU


    Mar 5, 2003
    La Belle Province
    I bought an American string thru body fretless last year,I had to do nothing other than minor set-up to my taste.I've used it a number of times in the studio and live.Every Tech and engineer have commented on the exceptional growl and clarity.For $1300(Can.)w/case they're great.
  6. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon

    May 10, 2000
    Redmond, WA
    Microsoft Product Designer
    every new one i've played recently has been remarkable.

    better than 5 years ago at least.

    i'm impressed.

  7. ConU


    Mar 5, 2003
    La Belle Province
    no comparison.
  8. Amoilbasso


    Apr 22, 2000
    No one of the 4 options for me.
    The point is all about the vintage you get to find and play:if it's a bad,or a normal vintage(no matter at the year) ,I'd pick a new one.
    But if it's one of the rare houge-sounding vintage,then a comparison with a new one would be quite ridicolous.
  9. boogiebass


    Aug 16, 2000
    It's not that easy, unfortunately. I recently picked up a brand new American Series J and it's a great bass--sound, playability, etc. I had some late nineties American Standards that were so-so. I've owned early to mid sevenites J's that were logs and really sucked. I kept a 4-bolt '74 that is, without question, the best Fender Jazz I've ever seen/played/owned. Way too many variables to generalize as you've requested here.

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